The wreckage of Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, is highlighting a Supreme Court case where the videographer documenting the wreckage is suing North Carolina for copyright violations.
Rick Allen has spent much of his life documenting “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship owned by the famed pirate Blackbeard. It washed up on the shores near Beaufort Inlet over 300 years ago.
But Allen says the state of North Carolina pirated his video by using it without his permission online.
“It certainly feels a duty to other artists, and composers and musicians and software developers and people like me who don’t have something to do about copyright infringement by states,” Allen added. After six years of battling the state of North Carolina Allen’s here at the Supreme Court.
Ryan Park, the Deputy Solicitor General for the state of North Carolina, argued the state can’t be sued for copyright.
I’m fairly certain they can, but in either case, would it be that difficult to ask permission, or pay a fee for the video? It’s not like the state of North Carolina is hurting for money.